- Birthday: 20. November 1964
- Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Olden Polynice (born November 21, 1964) is a Haitian former professional basketball player. He played center for theSeattle SuperSonics, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, Sacramento Kings, and Utah Jazz of the National Basketball Association.
After graduating from All Hallows High School in the Bronx, Polynice played college basketball at the University of Virginia. After three years in college and playing with Serie A's Hamby Rimini in 1986-87, he was selected 8th overall by the Chicago Bulls in the 1987 NBA Draft, but was immediately traded to the Seattle SuperSonics for Scottie Pippen. Polynice then arrived in Detroit in 1992 after being traded by the Los Angeles Clippers and departed two years later when he was traded to the Sacramento Kings for Pete Chilcutt and two draft picks.
In 15 NBA seasons, Polynice averaged 23.5 minutes, 7.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, with a career PER of 13.2. At 6'11", he was often signed by teams in need of a rebounder and interior player, and consistently ranked among the league leaders in offensive rebounds. Polynice retired from the NBA in 2004 after a brief return to the Clippers. He later played for the Los Angeles Aftershock of the ABA.
Upon retiring, Polynice served as coach for the ABA's Long Beach Breakers. In 1997, still active, he worked as a color commentator for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs.
He now runs a basketball training camp called NextStar Basketball.
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|Born||November 21, 1964
|Listed height||6 ft 11 in (211 cm)|
|Listed weight||220 lb (100 kg)|
|High school||All Hallows (The Bronx, New York)|
|NBA draft||1987 / Round: 1 / Pick: 8th overall|
|Selected by the Chicago Bulls|
|Pro playing career||1987–2006|
|1986–1987||Hamby Rimini (Italy)|
|1991–1992||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2001–2002||Las Vegas Slam (ABA)|
|2002–2003||Grand Rapids Hoops (CBA)|
|2003||Pennsylvania ValleyDawgs (USBL)|
|2003||Gary Steelheads (USBL)|
|2003||Los Angeles Clippers|
|2004||Long Beach Jam (CBA)|
|2004–2005||Michigan Mayhem (CBA)|
|2005–2006||Los Angeles Aftershock (ABA)|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||8,265 (7.8 ppg)|
|Rebounds||7,110 (6.7 rpg)|